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In Memoriam - Hans Lukas “Luc” Hoffmann

The ornithological world has lost one of its most inspiring benefactors with the death on 21 July of Hans Lukas “Luc” Hoffmann, the renowned conservationist and philanthropist, who has passed away at the age of 93 in his beloved Camargue.

27 July 2016

PCBs: Phased Out in the 1980s, Still Threatening Dolphins and Porpoises in 2016

Contamination from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) endangers the health and survival of many cetacean populations.

26 July 2016

Strengthening Partnerships for Snow Leopard Protection

Bonn, 11 July 2016 – Government representatives and experts met in Berlin on 5 July 2016 to ensure the long-term survival of the snow leopard, one of t

11 July 2016

Environmental crime endangers biodiversity: Stop the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds

Illegal activities, such as poaching of wild animals, are common worldwide and threaten biological diversity. Overexploitation is one of the main drivers of bird declines globally, and is the second most significant threat (after habitat loss) to migratory birds.Killed or trapped in huge numbers, some species are being driven to extinction.

05 July 2016

New Study: Border Fences an Increasing Threat to Migratory Wildlife

Barriers to movement such as fences are among the main threats to the survival of large mammals in Central Asia. The region, sometimes referred to as “the Serengeti of the North”, is one of the world’s last hot spots for animal migrations

28 June 2016

CMS Family Welcomes Incoming UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim

Erik Solheim has taken up his appointment as the new Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), replacing Achim Steiner, who served as Executive Director of UNEP for ten years from 2006.

27 June 2016

Ocean Cleanup - North Sea Trials to Start

Boyan Slat made the headlines a few years ago when as a student he came up with an innovative idea to tackle the growing problem of plastic waste in the oceans; he was even one of the principal speakers at the opening ceremony of the most recent CMS COP (Quito, 2014).

23 June 2016

UNEP Expands Access to Vast Body of Environmental Law

Imagine for a moment that a delegate from a small island state has to prepare a briefing on marine debris ahead of a major international conference. -

23 June 2016

CMS Secretariat visits Bonn International School

Four representatives from the CMS Secretariat’s Terrestrial Species Unit visited the Bonn International School to give a presentation about CMS and what they do to conserve migrating animals.

22 June 2016

Twenty Years of UN Presence in Bonn

The Secretariats of the Convention and the Bonn-based Agreements are participating in a new venture – a joint website of the 18 UN agencies located in the city.

22 June 2016